Watchdog Votes to Sue LA Sheriff for Defying Subpoena Over Jail Conditions

A civilian commission tasked with oversight of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department voted unanimously Thursday to pursue legal action against Sheriff Alex Villanueva, a day after he defied a subpoena to testify on measures to protect incarcerated people against Covid-19 infection in county jails.

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High Court Set to Hear Historic Trump Financial Records Cases

In a pair of cases that test the limits of presidential privileges and the relationship between the executive and legislative branches, the Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether House Democrats and a New York prosecutor can subpoena President Donald Trump’s financial records and tax returns.

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ICE Subpoenas

A federal magistrate judge in Colorado ordered the Denver Sheriff to comply with administrative subpoenas from Immigration and Customs Enforcement seeking information related to three individuals who are currently or were recently in the sheriff’s custody on criminal charges. The sheriff challenged the legality of the subpoenas but the court ruled she did not cite any authority “other than the lack of specific language in the statute explicitly applying to local governments.”

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Fight for Trump’s Tax Returns Is Held Over McGahn Subpoena

A federal judge put the House lawsuit for President Donald Trump’s tax returns on hold Friday. Unlike other cases across the country that have ground to a halt, however, this stay relates not to the coronavirus pandemic but to another subpoena facing appellate scrutiny.

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House Urges Full DC Circuit to Rehear McGahn Subpoena Fight

Asking the full D.C. Circuit to rehear a controversial case on immunity for presidential advisers, the House Judiciary Committee argued Friday that the court’s failure to enforce subpoenas leaves Congress with few remedies, among them arresting White House officials. 

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Indicted Russian Claims Full Compliance With US Trial Subpoenas

A Russian national nicknamed “Putin’s chef” told a federal judge Wednesday that his catering business has complied fully with U.S. government subpoenas ahead of a criminal trial next month where the company will face charges of 2016 election interference. 

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Lawyer for Russian Firm Apoplectic as Contempt Sanction Looms

A Trump-appointed judge said Monday there is a strong likelihood that the Russian firm charged with funding interference in the 2016 presidential election has failed to comply with a government subpoena, a legal botch likely to trigger a contempt-of-court finding.

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Tourism Contracts

An appeals court in Florida reversed an order quashing subpoenas seeking a media company’s records showing its actual costs to produce celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s cooking show “Emeril’s Florida.” The information is sought as part of the Florida House of Representatives’ investigation into the integrity of certain tourism promotion contracts. 

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